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Volunteering at the Ames Public Library

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Ames Public Library has a variety of volunteer positions available for adults, teenagers, and families who are interested in making a positive impact on the Ames community and its quality of life. Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. If you have a particular interest or skill area not listed here, please talk to the Volunteer Services Coordinator about other opportunities.



Students in 5th grade and older can participate in our summer youth volunteer program. Volunteers assist in all aspects of the library including material processing such as shelving and inventory, cleaning, clerical, program support, free lunch program, etc. Applications are available at our Welcome Desk and Bookmobile. Scheduling is varied and flexible. No minimum participation required.


A volunteer is needed May-September to assist staff in maintaining our small landscaped areas. We anticipate that this would require 2-3 hours a week with a flexible schedule. You would help to plant and care for annual plants, weed and prune, and general outdoor clean up. 


This volunteer will assist our Inventory Specialist in assessing and pricing donated materials to be sold in our used book store, Literary Grounds. We anticipate that this would require 3-4 hours a week with a flexible schedule. Some book store retail experience would be ideal but certainly not required.


Volunteers will assist library staff and youth volunteers during our FREE LUNCH PROGRAM which runs M-F June through August. Volunteers are asked to be here from (tentatively) 11:00-1:00, one day a week or five days a week! Participation is very flexible. Volunteers will help create a welcoming environment during the lunches by greeting lunch guests and engaging in mealtime conversations with visiting families.


We are looking for volunteers who wish to make a positive impact on local adults’ lives by tutoring 1-2 hours per week. Volunteer tutors must commit to at least one year of tutoring and 6 hours of free, annual professional development in the field. Tutors must be able to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds, recognize and adapt to the needs of students, learn independently, and abide by the program’s guidelines of professional conduct at all times. Teaching/tutoring experience is not necessary but would be helpful. Our next orientation for volunteers, which contributes to your professional development requirement, will be scheduled in August.                                  


Come join a wonderful team of volunteers who help our used book store, Literary Grounds, raise funds to support library programming, materials, and services.  This fun position requires at least one two hour shift per week; a variety of shifts need to be filled both during weekdays and weekends. Duties include simple cashiering and coffee preparation.  Applicants for this position must have good customer service skills, accurate money counting skills, and can commit long term. 


Assist the Volunteer Services Coordinator with a variety of office tasks including filing, records tracking, maintaining basic spreadsheets and volunteer tracking, etc. Your schedule can be very flexible. We anticipate approximately 2-3 hours per week.


There’s a lot to do to keep this building beautiful! Custodial shifts are 7:30-9:00 am and primarily will involve vacuuming and light clean up. Minimum commitment will only be one morning a week. 




If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, Sarah Bohlke at or 239-5663.


There are other areas of volunteer needs not listed here including special projects and events, so please ask about opportunities that may be of more interest to you. 

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For more information, call (515) 239-5663 or e-mail